Carol's Journey

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Overview

Spanish director Imanol Uribe examines social upheaval as it relates to a young prepubescent's life in his 2002 coming-of-age tale Carol's Journey. Twelve-year-old Carol Clara Lago is accompanying her mother Aurora Maria Barranco to Spain to visit her mother's native village as the Civil War is tearing the nation apart. Carol's life is an emotional roller coaster, as her American-born father -- with whom she is extremely close -- has been away for quite some time, serving as a pilot in the International Brigades....
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Overview

Spanish director Imanol Uribe examines social upheaval as it relates to a young prepubescent's life in his 2002 coming-of-age tale Carol's Journey. Twelve-year-old Carol Clara Lago is accompanying her mother Aurora Maria Barranco to Spain to visit her mother's native village as the Civil War is tearing the nation apart. Carol's life is an emotional roller coaster, as her American-born father -- with whom she is extremely close -- has been away for quite some time, serving as a pilot in the International Brigades. Furthermore, Aurora recently received a terminal diagnosis for the illness she has been battling and could die at any moment. As Carol struggles with these issues as well as the acceptance of the new environment she has been cast into, she gains perspective from her gentle grandfather Amalio Alvaro de Luna and the village teacher Maruja Rosa Maria Sarda, as well as an unexpected first love with local boy Tomiche Juan Jose Ballesta. Adapted from Angel Garcia Roldan's novel A boca de noche, Carol's Journey was an official selection to the 2002 Montreal World Film Festival.
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Special Features

Enhanced for Widescreen TV (16x9); 5.1 surround sound; Biographies; This month's short film: Craig P. Herron's A Fall From the Clouds; Carol's Journey trailer; Highlights from the Film Movement series
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/7/2006
  • UPC: 616892570622
  • Original Release: 2002
  • Rating:

  • Source: Film Movement
  • Language: Español
  • Time: 1:40:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 32,591

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Clara Lago
Juan José Ballesta
Alvaro de Luna
Maria Barranco
Rosa María Sardà
Carmelo Gómez
Alberto Jiménez
Technical Credits
Imanol Uribe Director, Screenwriter
Alain Bainee Art Director
Gonzalo Berridi Cinematographer
Fernando Bovaira Producer
Gustavo Ferrada Co-producer
Teresa Font Editor
Jose Mazeda Co-producer
Bingen Mendizabal Score Composer
Gilles Ortion Sound/Sound Designer
Angel Garcia Roldan Screenwriter
Andres Santana Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [11:35]
2. Madrid Will Fall [8:54]
3. It's Not Fair [12:04]
4. Promises [6:41]
5. Just Like Your Mother [9:24]
6. Dear Robert [9:07]
7. The Courage to Kiss [8:20]
8. A Birthday Wish [6:58]
9. The New Regime [8:34]
10. At the River [10:54]
11. The Way Home [4:30]
12. End Credits [2:57]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Carol's Journey
   Scene Access
   Set Up
      5.1
      Stereo
      Turn English Subtitles Off
      Play Carol's Journey
   Special Features
      Biographies
         Imanol Uribe - Director
         Clara Lago - Carol
         Juan José Ballesta - Tomiche
         Álvaro De Luna - Amalio
      Carol's Journey - Trailer
      This Month's Short Film - Craig P. Herron's A Fall From the Clouds
         Play A Fall From the Clouds
      Trailers From the Film Movement Series
         Maninto - Vol. 1 - Film 6
         OT: Our Town - Vol. 1 - Film 8
         The Party's Over - Vol. 1 - Film 10
         Long Life, Happiness and Prosperity - Vol. 2 - Film 1
   About Film Movement
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    War And Other Inequalities As Seen Through A Child's Eyes

    Some unsuspecting films carry a message that resonates in the hours and days after viewing. Such is the case for CAROL'S JOURNEY (EL VIAJE DE CAROL), a beautifully crafted 2002 film from Spain based on the novel 'A boca de noche' by Ángel García Roldán who also adapted the book as a screenplay. War and its consequences are not new subject matter for films, but when that war theme plays in the background as a subtle driving force to develop characters (especially children) who must face adult life influenced by the games of adults, the result is a different and more tender examination of the coming of age film genre. Carol (Clara Lago) is a 12-year-old Spanish American youngster from New York who with her critically ill mother Aurora (María Barranco) returns to her Aurora's home in 1938 at the height of the Spanish Civil War, a home that has been left deserted by her father Don Amalio (Álvaro de Luna) since his wife's death. Carol's father Robert (Ben Temple) is a fighter pilot who has sided with the Republicans against Franco and is rarely with his family. Aurora has a past: she left her lover Alfonso (Alberto Jiménez) to marry Robert, and Alfonso in turn married Aurora's cold sister Dolores (Lucina Gil). Carol is an independent girl who remains aloof to all but her grandfather Don Amalio until she meets others her age but not of her 'class': Tomiche (Juan José Ballesta) and his two friends at first resent Carol, but as events develop Carol and Tomiche are bonded by what feels like the first awakenings of love. When Aurora dies of her illness, Carol must live with Alfonso and Dolores and their daughter Blanca (Luna McGill), yet turns to her grandfather for support and to her mother's best friend and teacher Maruja (the always radiant Rosa Maria Sardà) to understand the disparity between classes and the senseless war that keeps her beloved father from her side. Through a series of incidents Carol and Tomiche learn the rigors of becoming adults, facing more traumas in a brief period of the war than most of us experience in a lifetime. The ending, though sad, is uplifting as Carol's journey to maturity is complete. The film is shot in Galicia and Portugal and contains some extraordinarily beautiful settings captured with gentle sensitive lighting by cinematographer Gonzalo F. Berridi and enhanced by the musical score by Bingen Mendizábal. Director Imanol Uribe understands the fine line separating pathos from bathos, and in electing to concentrate the story on the children involved, he makes an even stronger statement about the futility and cruelty of war. The cast is exceptional: the stars clearly are young Clara Lago and Juan José Ballesta, but they are supported by the fine veteran actors in the adult roles. This is a visually stunning work with a lasting message and should find a much larger audience than it has to this date. Grady Harp

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